TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Tom Gormican

Season 05 | Episode 16

Tom Gormican


Filmmaker Tom Gormican discusses his favorite films featuring… Nicolas Cage.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)
Mandy (2018)
Pig (2021)
A History Of Violence (2005)
Lord of War (2005)
The Weather Man (2005)
Moonstruck (1987) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Vampire’s Kiss (1988)
Con Air (1997)
Face/Off (1997)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Adaptation (2002)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Wild At Heart (1990) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
The Wizard Of Oz (1939) – John Badham’s trailer commentary
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
The Wicker Man (1973) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary
The Wicker Man (2006)
Being John Malkovich (1999) – Marshall Harvey’s trailer commentary
The Family Man (2000)
Joe (2013)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Rock (1996) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
Operation Mad Ball (1957)
Bell, Book and Candle (1958) – Sam Hamm’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Valley Girl (1983) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
National Treasure (2004)

Other Notable Items

Nicolas Cage
Christian Bale
Daniel Day-Lewis
Our pals at Movies Unlimited 
The Panos Cosmatos podcast episode
The Michael Sarnoski and Vanessa Block podcast episode
Viggo Mortensen
Pedro Pascal
Sharon Horgan
Tiffany Haddish
Jerry Bruckheimer
Joel Silver
Scott Rosenberg
The WGA West 
John Malkovich
Steve Buscemi
The Academy Awards
John Woo
John Travolta
Woody Woodpecker
The Coen Brothers
Spike Jonze
James Stewart
Jerry Lewis
David Lynch
The Cannes Film Festival
Willem Dafoe
Sherilyn Fenn
Game of Thrones TV series (2011-2019)
Narcos TV series (2015-2017)
Kevin Etten
Peter Bogdanovich
Frank Capra
David Gordon Green
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Werner Herzog
Michael Bay
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Sean Connery
Ed Harris
James Bond
Our pals at Movies Unlimited!
Richard Quine
Ernie Kovacs
Charlie Kaufman
Meryl Streep
Chris Cooper
The Daniel Waters podcast episodes
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (1998)
Francis Ford Coppola
Jon Voight

This list is also available on Movies Unlimited and Letterboxd.

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.